LAS VEGAS, Nevada - Boxing sports analysts are divided on the outcome for the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley rematch this Saturday (Sunday in Manila).
Some say Pacquiao will be back as he was on his winning streak while others are dubious and uncertain on how well the Pacman will perform.
Yahoo! Sports writer Kevin Iole said that Bradley will win by decision.
“I like Bradley in this fight, I think the win over Marquez really did a lot for his career. And I think where Manny is at this stage and where Bradley is at this stage, I think as a pure boxer, Bradley may be the best guy in this world other than maybe Mayweather and Andre Ward as a boxer,” he said.
“I think Manny is vulnerable of being boxed and so unless Manny can come up with a really big shot, I think Bradley will win by 12 round decision.”
Iole says that Bradley's boxing skills have improved impressively, and for Pacquiao, he wasn’t impressed on the Pacman's performance during the Brandon Rios fight.
“You can’t always be elite and Manny is gonna to have to prove that he can come back and bring it back,” he said.
Some sports analysts think that Pacquiao's speed will prevail.
“If Pacquiao trains the way he says that he's trained for this fight, I think Pacquiao wins by decision,” said Cris Mathuis, CBS Sports anchor.
“Manny is highly motivated to win this fight so I’m gonna pick Pacquiao to win by decision. It'll be a very good fight. It will be a lot closer on the judges score card the right way this time,” said Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Meanwhile, Al Bernstein of Showtime, said he is not rooting for either fighter, but expects an action packed Saturday night.
“To me, it is a dead even fight. The one thing I know what’s gonna happen is that there’s gonna be a lot more action than the first fight,” he said.
The official weigh-in will take place at the MGM Grand Arena. Doors will be open at noon to the public.